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Rhythm and Brews Recipe

Cold beer and live music just seem to go together, especially on Louisiana's Northshore. Spend a Saturday sampling and swaying in Covington and Abita Springs.

Beers to you
Tour the facilities at Covington Brewhouse in downtown Covington. The brewery uses a simple mixture of malted barley, hops, yeast and water to craft its beers. Visitors will not only be guided through the brewery, but they will also learn about the entire process, from the art and science of making beer to its packaging and distribution.

A bite in Abita
Head over to Abita Springs to visit Abita Brewery, where you can sample their beers in the tasting room and then discover how they are made. From the pure ingredients to the fermenting, filtering and bottling steps, you'll see Turbodog, Amber or maybe Bock being crafted.

After your tour, visit the original brewery location, which is now Abita Brew Pub, for a late lunch. The full-service restaurant serves salads, sandwiches and entrees- some of them incorporate the brewery's beers in their sauces.

Taking to the streets
Make your way back to Covington for a leisurely afternoon exploring the historic downtown. Dine to live music at Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill. Try one of the 30 beers on tap and rock out to a local band. Or, just up the street at Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Café, get a bowl of jambalaya or a tasty burger, then stick around for great live music by regional and touring acts.
Covington's Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill rocks with local bands.
Covington's Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill rocks with local bands.
Cheryl Gerber

After dinner, check out The Green Room Music Club just a short walk over to Boston Street. You can dance to rock, reggae and more. And the prices are reasonable, too.

Road trip
Or head down to Mandeville for a juke joint experience. Bounce on Ruby's Roadhouse's wooden floor while tossing back strong drinks and listening to regional celebs like Tab Benoit, the Iguanas and Rockin' Dopsie.

If you go-

Covington Brewhouse, 985-893-2884, www.covingtonbrewhouse.com
Abita Brew Pub, 985-892-5837, www.abitabrewpub.com/
Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill, 985-898-0899, http://covingtontaproom.com
Green Room, 985-892-2225 www.greenroomcovla.com
Ruby's Roadhouse, 985-626-9748, www.rubysroadhouse.com
Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Café985-892-9949, https://www.facebook.com/rocknbluescafe


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